Raising Funds for Renee to get a New Jaw

$32,175 of $95,000 goal
Given by 315 generous donors in around 11 months

For 10 years Renee has seen life through a fog of chronic pain & migraines. She needs a total jaw reconstruction & jaw joint replacement


Hi my name is Renee, I am 26 years old and for the last 10 years I have seen life through a fog with chronic daily pain and severe migraines.

Medically I need a total Temporomandibular joint reconstruction, bilateral jaw joint replacements. This is very specialised jaw surgery and unfortunately, and bewilderingly, it is not covered under the Public Health System. There are only 2 specialised surgeons in New Zealand who can perform this surgery at a cost of $90,000. The cost is in the titanium jaw parts.

I find it difficult to sleep or eat properly and experience constant severe headaches, at times even speaking is painful and life is generally pain and discomfort. I find it embarrassing to eat in front of people as I can only nibble on food most of the time which plummets my weight. People thought I slept a lot and got a lot of headaches without realising the true cause of my constant exhausted state.

This surgery will ease my daily pain and improve overall function to get my life back.

I have experienced symptoms for 10 years since diagnosed and I am now finding it difficult to cope even when taking the maximum amount of gabapentin, a strong neuropathic painkiller, in order to function during the day. That makes it almost impossible to work or study.

I am trying to push through with my study at University, a pre-health diploma, and I intend to study a 3 year Bachelors degree in Medical Imaging. My specialists have written "there is no doubt that Renee will struggle with her studies due to her medical condition” and I have to agree but I am giving it my best.

I have had this condition for so many years now and I have been on various treatments such as strong painkillers and had exploratory jaw joint surgery. I would love to live a normal life and do things other young women are doing at my age, get my degree most of all live pain-free.

As I have to raise the money myself for my surgery if you are able to support my cause that would be truly wonderful but I totally understand if you can’t. I am grateful to you for reading my story to learn more about me and my condition.

Thank you, I really do appreciate it


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We are all family / whanau members supporting Renee to get this much needed operation

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Funds will be used to pay for my bilateral jaw joint replacement that is not covered under the DHB

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Happy New Year  7 January 2022

I hope you had a great Christmas and New Year. I spent time with my whanau and friends and enjoyed some good rest time. My jaw unfortunately continues to deteriorate but my spirits are high as I am so much closer to the surgery goal.

I am so grateful to you all for your generosity and kindness.

I will keep pushing through and that is easier knowing their truly is light at the end of the tunnel.

Thank you all so so much

I really do hope that you have a fantastic year

Renee xx

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Guest Donor on 25 Mar 2022
Renee Veal

Max you are a legend - thanks for your donation x

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Eliza on 28 Feb 2022
Renee Veal

Hello Eliza, thank you for your support and donation towards my surgery. We are getting closer every month and I want you to know you appreciative I am. Thank you so much. Renee x

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Guest Donor on 01 Feb 2022
Renee Veal

Kia ora Mark I want to thank you for your generous donation towards my surgery. I am very grateful to you for your support. Ngā mihi nui with thanks and appreciation. Renee x

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Mary-Lou on 31 Jan 2022
Renee Veal

Mary-Lou that is very kind of you to donate towards my surgery and I want to tell you how much I appreciate it. Renee x

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Steven on 31 Jan 2022
Renee Veal

Steven thank you so much for your kind donation towards my surgery. I really appreciate it. With warmest wishes. Renee

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This page was created on 15 May 2021 and closed on 22 Apr 2022.